Congress Travels Differently Than You Do, FYI
Congress's emergency fix to sequestrationthe one we told you about earlier this week, where they let the FAA off the hookis having an interesting effect on travel journalism. Specifically, it's causing journalists to write about travel. Even more specifically, it's causing journalists to write about travel politics. We already have a very firm opinion on what happens when Congress starts to tinker inside the travel industry. But it's always nice to have details.
For instance, a Bloomberg politics blogger was very much not happy about Congress's fix ("erupted in fury," "appalling," "even more self-serving than you probably imagined," etc). So like any good politics blogger, he decided to question the motives of the politicians who voted for it. It turns out that U.S. Senators and Representatives fly a lot, and so there.
The post is a little bit paint-by-numbersCongress gets perks, those perks cost money, be outraged!but it's fine as far as it goes. There's a genre, the blogger met genre expectations, whatever.
In fact the article has been getting some good links, and of course we're passing it along too. Our motives don't have much to do with outragewe like the travel geekery about how members of Congress move through airportsbut it's a link.
That said, just on the outrage angle, we're genuinely having trouble getting too angry. There's a part of the article where the members are implicitly knocked for getting upgraded to first class. That's how status works. There's another part about how they fly around the world at taxpayer expense. That's kind of what we elect them to do.
What do you think? Are you outraged?
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